3-7-13 Cold weather for March but still some fish
DateThursday, March 7, 2013
Well the last couple of days were similar to the past week in the you need to make the most of your quality fish bites in order to turn your good day into a great day. Islamorada Fishing in March is a transitional period typically as our winter time fish start thinning out, but with the coldest weather of the year the past week it feels more like the dead of winter. On the Bn'M today we had Cathy out in search of her first sailfish. I told her we had a shot but we needed to catch it if we got an opportunity because there may not be another. As luck would have it, after fishing for about 30 minutes she was hooked up. The fish put on a great show, jumping around, and then we got the leader, I got a little underwater video, and the fish was on his way to fight again another day. We also caught some lane snappers for dinner late in the day as well as some barracudas for some action. The Kalex for focused on sailfishing as well. They caught a nice 20 lb king early but then it was quite until about 2 p.m. when they caught and released a nice sailfish to end the day. The Relentless also reported a slow morning with a little bit of action on the patch reefs, but on his way back up the reef they found a ray with a nice school of cobia, catching 4 keepers to 25 lbs. It wasn't over yet though, at about 2:30 they came across a sailfish swimming up shallow and after a little bit of trickery they hooked the sail and released it a short while later. The Reel McCoy hit a handful of Mahi early in the day, and then a king mackerel. They also found a big school of cobia but most of the fish were undersize, although still fun to catch. They also caught some barracudas for action. The Fearless anchored down outside the reef on their morning 1/2 day trip and put together a nice catch of king mackerel to 20 lbs, a mutton snapper for dinner, and some bonitos for some fun. The Redfish went out on an Islamorada Shark Fishing Charter , and had great success. They were on the hunt for a tiger shark, and by mid day they hooked one, and an hour later released an estimated 400 lber! The Gon Fishin went "deep dropping" (which is bottom fishing in 400 - 600' of water) , and caught a handful of tile fish, some rose porgy, and a decent snowy grouper. (The deep water grouper like snowy and yellowedge are open now. Our more common reef grouper aka shallow water grouper are closed until May 1st though!) Yesterday the Kalex had a great catch, including a couple slammer dolphin to 20 lbs, 3 cobia to 45 lbs, and a few king mackerel. The Relentless focused on sailfish and first thing in the morning they caught a double header, and then mid day added one more release for a total of 3 sailfish. The Bn'M caught a handful of dolphin (mahi) , including a nice 15 lb bull, as well as releasing 6 grouper and some barracudas and small king mackerel. The Catch 22 had a couple dozen yellowtail snapper and then caught a pair of cobia on the weigh home, including a nice 40 lber. The yellowtail bite was fair a couple days ago, but got tough today with the cold air. The Fearless also released a sailfish right at the end of their Islamorada offshore fishing charter yesterday! Overall the fish is decent, but this is the time of year when you should fish for what you can, and don't spend all day chasing something if it's not happening.
AuthorCapt. Nick Stanczyk
3/6/13 March Islamorada Backcountry Fishing Report
DateWednesday, March 6, 2013 at 08:43PM
Things have warmed a little bit here again the last few days of fishing islamorada in march. Water temperatures are still on the chilly side but totally fishable, however it is suppose to get a little colder again the next couple of nights though which will likely keep us in 'winter mode' backcountry fishing islamorada through the weekend. Today Capt. Rick Stanczyk and Capt. John Johansen had good mixed bag action. They both fished the patches in the morning and had a mix bag of snapper, grouper, hogfish, porgies, and some other various things. Capt. Rick had this nice legal size red grouper on light spin tackle which we had to release, as well as a large sheepshead which is very unusual to see on the ocean side! Later on snappers were caught on the bayside, and Capt. Rick also caught a cobia while snapper fishing blown in likely from the westerly winds in the gulf. Further back Capt. Jim Willcox and Capt. Mike Bassett had some action at the east cape florida keys snook fishing, pictured is a nice snook caught with Capt. Jim. Capt. Mike reported a handful of nice size redfish and black drum with a mix of trout. Capt. Bill Bassett had steady action with nice mangrove snappers and lots of big trout around the flamingo area. Also Capt. Dave Sisung reported action with some sharks and a couple of big 'mud marlin' fishing the backcountry channels. Florida keys fishing in march will start to focus on tarpon quite a bit once water temperatures reach 75 or so, and fishing in the gulf can also be very good. There were reportes of some laid up tarpon in the backcountry today so hopefully this next cool spell will be brief! Until our next march islamorada fishing report!
AuthorBud N' Mary's Marina | t
3-5-13 Islamorada Deep Sea fishing
DateTuesday, March 5, 2013 at 08:14PM
The weather finally warmed up for us this afternoon while deep sea fishing in Islamorada. Yesterday quite a few boats fished but it was definitely on the slow side with the cold air and cold water temperatures. Fishing can be slow here for us sometimes with adverse weather conditions, but the Florida Keys offshore fishing charters made the best of it. The sailfish bite was inconsistent but most of the boats who stuck it out for the day had a bite or two. Some fishing days are decided by only a bite or two when it comes to sportfish, and the past couple of days you didn't want to miss your shot! Yesterday the Relentless, Catch 22, Gon Fishin V, Fearless, and Predator all managed 1 sailfish release. The Bn'M, Reel McCoy, and Kalex found other action including lane snapper, yellowtail snapper, a couple mackerel, and some barracuda. The Gold Digger, our new charter edition, caught some nice yellowtails in the morning and then reported a somewhat slow afternoon until patience paid off and they found a big school of cobia. They managed 4 keeper fish to 35 lbs! Today the sailfish bite was definitely a little better for the boats who focused on them. The Catch 22 and Reel McCoy (pictured with 3 release flags) each had 3 sailfish releases, the Relentless released 2, and the Strictly Business released 1. The Gon Fishin V and Redfish went out "deep dropping" , which is pretty much bottom fishing in 400' - 600' of water. The Gon Fishin had a nice catch of blueline tilefish, including one big 10 lber, and also a bunch of rose porgy. The Redfish had a nice yellowedge grouper and a snowy grouper in the 10 - 12 lb range, as well as a couple tilefish. The deep water grouper are the only species we can keep right now, the shallow water grouper season re opens on May 1st. The Bn'M did a 1/2 day islamorada reef fishing trip and had a dozen yellowtail snapper, a yellowjack, 5 cobia (one keeper), and a few barracuda. In the morning the Fearless caught a couple king mackerel as well as a couple "football" blackfin tunas. It looks like another front is coming through tomorrow night, so hopefully we will get some steadier weather and the fishing will be more consistent by the end of the week. There's still fish to catch but we've been working hard at it, and days like this it's best to fish for what's biting when the conditions aren't favorable.
Bud N' Mary's Fishing Marina
PO Box 628
79851 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 79.8 - Oceanside
Islamorada, Florida Keys
Business Phone: (305) 664-2461
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